The wedding venue is the most crucial decision that you will make for your wedding. It may also be the biggest portion of your budget, so choose wisely. All of your planning will revolve around the venue that you choose, even the dress.
Indoor or Outdoor
Your first decision should be whether you want an indoor or outdoor wedding. This choice will influence the wedding date. For instance, if you live in Minnesota and have to have an outdoor wedding, you aren’t going to want a December wedding.
This is also the time to think about the dress you want. The dress and the location will go hand in hand. If you are dreaming of a beach wedding, a floor length ball gown, probably won't be the most comfortable.
Before officially choosing the venue, speak with wedding planners and vendors. They will be a wealth of information about the venue. They will be able to tell you their experience with customer service and deliverables. Full service venues usually include linens, dinnerware, and tables and chairs. While they may deliver all of those things, you must think about quality. The wedding planners and photographers will be able to tell you the conditions of those things. You do not want to find stained and torn linens during your reception.
Check out previous weddings photos to see how the venue photographs. A large portion of your budget will go to photography, so it is important to know what you can expect from that location.
Before signing the contract with the location, check out their reviews. Positive and negative reviews are both important. You should be able to find tons of pictures from brides, grooms, and their families and friends.
What makes that location special? Is it an amazing view? Is there a waterfall or beautiful chandelier? What makes you drawn to that venue? Find out if they offer full service or have great relationships with vendor that will offer you a discount. If you have guests coming in for the wedding, be sure that they can accommodate those guests.
This is the fun part. Let your mind run wild with all of the things that you want. Even if you dont think your budget will allow for it, choose a venue that can handle those dreams. You may find that at one location you can actually have it. You don’t want to choose a venue that limits your dreams, because you may come under budget and will have extra money for those added features.
When you are planning your wedding, start with the venue first. All of the details of your wedding will be based on that choice. The venue you choose will be important to the date you choose and style of your wedding.